Warn­ing to stay away from seal

South Western Times - - News - Ash­wini Saseedaran

A SUB-ANTARC­TIC fe­male fur seal has taken refuge among rocks in a cor­ner of Bun­bury’s BP Beach.

Beach­goer Ben Perich told the South Western Times he was walk­ing down the beach for a surf when he al­most stepped on a seal cam­ou­flaged by the sur­round­ing rocks.

“As an ocean guy, it was my nat­u­ral in­stinct to stay with it be­cause it looked a bit dis­tressed,” Mr Perich said.

Af­ter he con­tacted lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, Depart­ment of Parks and Wildlife re­gional of­fi­cers vis­ited the seal and as­sessed the sit­u­a­tion.

Marine bi­ol­o­gist Phil Coulthard said seals of­ten came ashore for a rest af­ter fight­ing off swells.

“We ad­vise the pub­lic to al­low the seal to re­cover so she can con­tinue her jour­ney,” he said.

“Stay clear and do not be fooled by her cute lit­tle face, they are vi­o­lent an­i­mals with big ca­nine teeth.”

Pic­ture: Dreg Surf Pho­tog­ra­phy

Ben Perich stum­bled across this seal and re­mained be­side her for three hours.

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